At least 12 provisional legislators are seeking the 10 seats available through the Election Committee. The Hong Kong Progressive Alliance is expected to field the largest number of candidates. At least four have indicated interest. One, chairman Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, said the party did not have enough time to groom candidates for the geographical or functional polls. 'Too many candidates are working on the functional constituencies and geographical polls. It takes time to develop support in the two areas,' he said. Mr Lau believed candidates would win broad support from all sectors, but mainly from the moderates. Another hopeful, Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), said he stood a better chance in the 800-member body than in other forms of election. He had secured votes from politicians and the labour sector and claimed it would be more difficult to run via the committee than the geographical constituencies. The DAB would field fewer than three candidates, he said, to leave room for collaboration with other parties. 'That's an election technique. If you field 10 people, that means you don't need to co-operate with others,' he said. Liberal Party legislator Howard Young said his party wanted to field two to three candidates, although only Ho Sai-chu was suitable. 'We have a shortage of candidates. We have so many friends in the body. Fielding only one candidate is not enough,' he said. But Mr Young denied the Election Committee polls would become a playground for provisional legislators. 'It is just because some people do not have a better place to go or do not have a close affiliation with functional constituencies,' he said. Frederick Fung Kin-kee, of the Association of Democracy and People's Livelihood, believed more people would declare their candidacy at a later date. Independent Lo Suk-ching said having no political background was not necessarily a bad thing. 'I believe the 800 members will have an all-round consideration. 'They will choose some with a political background and handpick others without,' he said. Democratic Party vice-chairman Dr Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said no party member had expressed interest, but did not rule out the possibility. 'It depends on the composition of the body. But we believe the chance of winning is slim as the background of the committee members will be biased,' he said. The party did not encourage members to put resources into a body which would be scrapped after the 2000 election. He said provisional legislators were choosing the committee because they did not dare to run in the geographical or functional constituency elections. 'They came from a 'small circle' election. Not too many of them will win if they run in an open election,' he said. LIKELY CANDIDATES Hong Kong Progressive Alliance: Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, David Chu Yu-lin, Tso Wong Man-yin, Charles Yeung Chun-kam. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong: Chan Kam-lam, Yeung Yiu-chung. Liberal Party: Ho Sai-chu. Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood: Law Cheung-kwok. Independent: Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, Lo Suk-ching, Ng Leung-sing, Kan Fook-yee.